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We are Wormwood

We are Wormwood Ever since she was a child Lily has been pursued by a demonic girl with wormwood eyes As Lily struggles with her schizophrenic mother s decline into insanity the death of her somnambulist childhood

  • Title: We are Wormwood
  • Author: Autumn Christian
  • ISBN: 9780991226900
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ever since she was a child, Lily has been pursued by a demonic girl with wormwood eyes.As Lily struggles with her schizophrenic mother s decline into insanity, the death of her somnambulist childhood love, and her own painful, disturbed adolescence, she must face the strange girl that haunts her.Yet something is chasing her that is much dangerous A darkly surreal, drEver since she was a child, Lily has been pursued by a demonic girl with wormwood eyes.As Lily struggles with her schizophrenic mother s decline into insanity, the death of her somnambulist childhood love, and her own painful, disturbed adolescence, she must face the strange girl that haunts her.Yet something is chasing her that is much dangerous A darkly surreal, drug coated romance, We are Wormwood tells an inhuman love story, and the transformation that results from affection among monsters.

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    1. mythology woven in dream sigils, echolalia and euphoria encrypted upon black feathers.  shadow mitosis and final, sweet synthesis. the hush place eclipses stark walls and finds you on your dais. enter the membrane.  kekeke.    

    2. The intensity of this author's prose is staggering. Beautiful, yet hideous. Way past being dark, it is insanity on acid. I felt uncomfortable reading it.Look for a nurse with a face that resembles a child's crayon smear, spider children, a birthday dress made entirely of insects, carnivorous plants gone wild, a demon girl, and a very disturbed artist. These images do not even scratch the surface of what is living in these pages.Although I got a little more than I bargained for with this one, the [...]

    3. There are a few books I've read that defy genre, ask me where they belong and I could not tell you. Books like Ash Cinema by Edward Rathke and Feast of Oblivion by John Myers remind me of We are Wormwood in that way and others (disclaimer: these books have nothing in common other than the way they made me feel while reading them.). Books like these make me want to put aside the 80's B movie influenced stories I write and really create something that can make an impact on someone. With some parts [...]

    4. While I always regret shelving a title as DNF, I really feel bad about We are Wormwood. There's absolutely no doubt that Autumn Christian has a plethora of talent displayed upon the page here. In terms of narrative, she has a way with words that is fluid, lyrical, and absolutely dense with imagery. This is the kind of book where you can pour over each paragraph, pick it apart, and find something even darker and more magical in the construction.The problem is, it's one of those books that (for me [...]

    5. I am speechless.I've sat at this computer for a half hour, my fingers posed to write a review, contemplating what to say and how to say it. I still don't know how to write how I feel. This book is incredible yet terrible. Terrifying yet comforting. I was (and still am) mesmerized by Autumn Christian's writing and her ability to weave intricate, descriptive worlds and characters and make them seem so real and so horrifying. I felt insane while reading this, and I suppose that is the point. Insani [...]

    6. After a long morning of various work it seemed like a good time to start with We Are Wormwood. I'd just read a chapter or two, I thought. Eventually everything else I had planned to do that day dropped out of my mind. I couldn't stop reading until I had finished. It sank its demonic claws into me and it was divine. I already knew it would be good of course, but goddamn. Autumn has outdone herself. At times it was so beautiful that I had to cry. Three days later and I'm still under its spell.Ther [...]

    7. In a year where we saw Carlton Mellick achieve his most poignant and touching Bizarro offering to date in Quicksand House, the energetic resurgence of Garrett Cook with Murderland and Time Pimp, the emergence of Jordan Krall's cadre of rebel authors at Dynatox Ministries and Stephen King dropping in on Danny Torrance as an adult with Doctor Sleep, I still choose We Are Wormwood as my personal pick for Best Book of the Year!Surreal Grotesque loyalists will no doubt remember the interview I conduc [...]

    8. Beautiful and bizarre and haunting and horrifying. In We Are Wormwood, we find our protagonist, Lily, attempting to deal with her mother's schizophrenia in the only ways she knows how, while trying, and failing miserably, to keep herself from spiralling down in much the same way. The imagery throughout the book was dark, as one might expect from a novel of this nature - skull masks, cloaks of stars, a dress made of insects, spider children, and other singularly disturbing depictions. The story i [...]

    9. We are Wormwood doesn’t deal in certainty or easy answers, and it doesn’t offer the reader a clean, straightforward resolution. What it does do is take the reader on a journey through a surreal world where the prevalence of madness, drug abuse, and supernatural events makes it impossible to have a tidy perception of what reality actually is. Tying it all together is Lily, a troubled young woman fighting for self-realization. It’s a dark story, but one that has a genuinely uplifting ending. [...]

    10. This is a beautifully written novel that is horrifying without the use of monsters and jump scares, for the horror comes from the mind of a little girl trying to cope and come to terms with growing up and her fear of inheriting her mom’s unfortunate disease. It is hard to keep track of what is real and what is just fantasy, but I honestly never want to find out what the answers are. This novel is powerful and dark. Five out of Five stars.

    11. “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood.” Revelations 8:10-11I came across We Are Wormwood by Autumn Christian on . It had been free. It looked good. I downloaded it onto my Nook. I wasn't sure what to epexct exactly.wormwoodThe synopsis on the back of the book reads: Ever since she was a child, Lily has been p [...]

    12. In “We Are Wormwood,” Autumn Christian touches on some themes from her previous works, “A Gentle Hell” and “The Crooked God Machine”. They include insanity and the criteria by which it is defined, and the inability of flawed parents to protect their offspring from a hostile world. It’s a disturbing novel that relies on surreal imagery and a pervading sense of nihilism to provide the horror.Lily’s world is at once filled with dizzyingly imaginative vistas of madness, and relentles [...]

    13. I've been waiting a long time to get a moment to read this book and when Miss Christian sent me a copy I found I could no longer put it offIt isn't often that I actually take the time to write reviews for the books I read. Rarely do I ever find one that merits my time or my words, but this book is brilliant. If you are looking for something that is truly haunting, eerie, and beautiful, this book is it. This book ripped my heart out, chucked it around and put it back upside down. Not only is the [...]

    14. We are Wormwood by American author Autumn Christian, is a beautifully crafted modern fairy tale journey through humanity’s bleak machine. It is never resolved whether the demons and magical forces the narrator Lily struggles against are real or imaginary. But it soon becomes clear that the issue is not what is real to Lily, it is how she is treated by the world around her, whether it is her storytelling mother, school mates, mental health workers, paramedics and neighbours. As she negotiates h [...]

    15. Phenomenal!Another twisted and enticing tale sure to please your literary palette. Do yourself a favor and read this one now

    16. Christian has one of the most interesting and haunting voices I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Her peyote-trip imagery and unapologetic confrontations with all manner of unseemly human behavior return in this dark portrait of a girl whose schizophrenic mother has foretold for her a great and terrible destiny. We follow narrator Lily as she attempts to navigate the minefields of adolescence with the burden of genetic insanity ticking in her veins. Joining her quest are a motley crew of frien [...]

    17. I have read quite a number of self-published works. Many of them turned out to be trainwrecks. So it is always with some trepidation that I pick up a book by someone I know personally.In this case, I needn't have worried. From the first sentence, We Are Wormwood kicks you in the teeth and lets you know A) that it means business, and B) exactly what business it is in. (That is the business of creeping you out, of rattling your chains, of making you question your comfortable contemporary reality, [...]

    18. I don’t personally know what it would be like to have schizophrenia, but if you want an extreme view into that window this book will likely provide it. Almost entirely, the book is a hallucination. It is dark and mysterious and may leave questions left unanswered. One thing I really enjoyed was the imagery Christian used to describe what the main character, Lily, was seeing. In truth, I think this story would have worked better as an epic poem, rather than a feature length story. Christian has [...]

    19. I kind of feel like waxing rhapsodic over this would be overselling it somehow, but it's still probably the best queer horror I've read since Caitlin Kiernan's Silk. In much the same vein as that, really, with the occasional elements that recall Thomas Ligotti or Lautréamont, & well, this is my hole it was made for me

    20. A very enthusiastic 5 stars. I will likely be at a loss for words during this review. Reading this was an experience I cherished. Dark, surreal, powerful, and unique, I wished that it would not end. The language used to convey the story was beautiful. The experiences of the protagonist were conveyed in such a fascinating way. I can assure you, if you are willing to take on this book, you will be tapping into something truly profound. Highly recommended.

    21. DNF -- This book is veryting. I wanted to love it. I DID love it. But once I stepped away from it, I realized I didn't want to go back. And I tried, I really did. I would go back every now and then and fit in another page or two. But it's so incredibly absurd and dark and complex that it's just not something you can jump back into. However, not knowing the ending feels right to me. Or maybe that's just my excuse.

    22. Wow, I am very impressed with this author. She has a great way with words that you don't find much. She is very descriptive and her storyline just sucks you into the book. I had a difficult time putting the book down. She can make anything seem very beautiful from insect dresses and spiders with baby faces. You can feel the characters pain and you feel very strong for Lily. I just loved it and will be looking for more of her books.

    23. This was one of the most deeply disturbing books I've ever read and I'm simply fascinated by it to say the least. It left me wondering, wth did I just finish reading. I simply loved ith.

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